Counseling for Depression and Anxiety Before and After Baby
Not feeling like yourself?
Worrying all the time?
Feeling not good enough?
Having thoughts that are scare you?
Angry and don’t know why?
Struggling with all the change in your life?
1 in 5 women experience postpartum depression, anxiety, or other related issues.
Symptoms can start during pregnancy and last for years after birth, not just a few weeks or months. You might not have a newborn anymore and think you are no longer “postpartum,” but the effects of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can be long term when they aren’t addressed. Fathers and partners can also be affected and I work with them as well!
You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will feel better.
Do I Need Counseling?
You might be wondering if your symptoms are “bad enough” to need counseling. If how you’re feeling is interfering with your life in a negative way, the answer is definitely YES.
Symptoms can look different from person to person. Depression can manifest as having a hard time getting out of bed and showering, but it can also show up as feeling irritable, not enjoying things you used to, being hard on yourself, and not having much energy.
Sometimes we know things that can help us feel better (exercise! eat better! sleep more! I know you’ve heard it all before), but finding the energy or desire to do the things is another story. Taking action while in the grips of depression and anxiety is like trying to climb Mt. Everest with the weight of the world on your shoulders.
A lot of people don’t realize that postpartum anxiety is even more common than postpartum depression. When anxiety is in overdrive, it is utterly exhausting. Being “on” constantly and always waiting for the other shoe to drop takes a huge toll and can really get in the way of enjoying your life.
Many mothers experience thoughts that scare them. These thoughts often center around the baby’s safety and are very disturbing to them. If this sounds like you, you are NOT crazy, and there is help. Starting counseling with someone who understands and has specialized training in postpartum anxiety and OCD is one of the most important steps. I know it’s hard to trust someone with what’s going on in your head. My office is a judgment-free zone where you can come and feel protected and safe!
So I Need Counseling, What Now?
If you’re visiting this page, you’re probably going through a hard time right now. I want you to feel better so you can enjoy your family and get back to doing things that you love. I’m committed to holding space for you to learn, grow, and process your experiences and emotions.
I believe that you are the expert of your own life and I bring that focus into our sessions so that you can identify and build on your own inner strengths while you learn new coping skills.
Counseling is a process where we work together to help you identify goals, create change, and increase positive experiences so that you can live a meaningful life and focus on the things that matter most to you.
I use a holistic approach to therapy because you deserve specialized and compassionate care that takes all of your needs into consideration.
I have training in a variety of therapy methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EMDR and use a combination of these skills depending on your symptoms.
Mindfulness is at the core of the work that we will do together as we examine the connection between how you think, feel (emotionally and physically), behave, and interact with your surroundings.
If you’re ready to get started, simply schedule a free, 15 minute phone consult where we can chat and I can answer any additional questions you have. I also offer online scheduling where you can see days and times that are available.
Sessions are $90 and I accept checks, credit cards, and HSA cards. Insurance is not accepted for counseling sessions at this time.